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August 22, 2011
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HHS Releases Summary of Coverage Documents
HHS’s Latest Friday Treat: New HRA Guidance with a Side of Waivers
Next Friday’s Surprise: Final Definitions of Individual and Group Market Plans?
HHS Exchange Forums Start This Week
HHS’s Tiny Problem with a Federal Exchange
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HHS Releases Summary of Coverage Documents

Congress and President Obama may be on summer vacation, but someone forgot to tell the folks at the Department of Health and Human Services to take the month off. HHS has issued a huge number of new regulations and other policy statements relative to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act during August...  Read More

HHS’s Latest Friday Treat: New HRA Guidance with a Side of Waivers

Every Friday afternoon so far in August, HHS has come through with a major health policy announcement. On August 19, the new guidance released contained some good news for a change...  Read More

Next Friday’s Surprise: Final Definitions of Individual and Group Market Plans?

The word on the street is that HHS has sent yet another PPACA-related regulation over to the Office of Management and Budget to review. This time it is an interim final rule on what constitutes an individual policy versus a small-group policy for the purposes of rate review...  Read More

HHS Exchange Forums Start This Week

HHS will host its first regional exchange listening session in Portland, OR, tomorrow. The goal of these sessions is for federal officials to hear first-hand from state officials and stakeholders concerning exchange development issues...  Read More

HHS’s Tiny Problem with a Federal Exchange

When HHS released the first regulation providing guidance to the states on forming a health benefit exchange in July, one thing many health policy wonks noticed right away is that it contained no specifics on how a federal fallback exchange might work...  Read More

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